Mahmudullah Riyad, one of the mainstays of Bangladesh national side, was excluded from Bangladesh's squad for their one-off Test against Zimbabwe. Despite selector Minhajul Abedin insisting that Mahmudullah had been rested, many had believed it to be curtains on the veteran batsman's red-ball career.
But Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo believes that Mahmudullah's Test career is not yet over and he is happy with the fact that Mahmudullah is determined to get his spot back in the Test side.
"It's not for me to tell a player to stop playing. A player who has played for that long or with that type of success, he deserves the right to decide when he is finished trying to play for his country. So, I got to give him that benefit of the doubt," Domingo said.
Domingo further added, "At the moment, he is out of the team. I have put it to him to consider his future. Because I see him as an integral part of the white-ball cricket. Riyad is adamant that he wants to fight for a spot back in the Test team. He has played 49 Tests for Bangladesh, he has been a fantastic performer for Bangladesh. It is good to have that sort of determination and fight to try and get back into the team. He is one of our main players in white-ball cricket. But full credit to him, he wants to find his way back into the Test team."
In Bangladesh's last Test against Zimbabwe, Mahmudullah had scored a ton in Bangladesh's way to victory to level the series.